Superintendent Who Copied School Shooting Letter To Resign

Ridgefield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin will resign after being accused of plagiarizing a letter to parents about the Parkland school shootings.

"We are entering into a resignation agreement, which means that we are negotiating," said Frances Walton, chairwoman of the local board of education.

"I have nothing to say at this time," Walton said in an email. The board has authorized "the board chair to enter into a resignation agreement with the superintendent of schools," she said.

Rudy Marconi, First Selectman in Ridgefield said, "We are very concerned as a municipality over this situation. It's a very unfortunate one, but the board of education certainly weighed the information and I have every confidence in them making the right decision. I feel badly for Dr. Baldwin … but I do understand the decision that needed to be made. Hopefully everyone can move on."

Director of Technology and Operations Robert Miller has been appointed acting superintendent, pending approval from the state Department of Education.

Earlier this month, Ridgefield High School student Paul Kim discovered sections of a letter Baldwin sent to community members concerning the Florida school shooting were identical to a letter West Hartford Superintendent Tom Moore sent. Kim later found three other examples of plagiarism from Baldwin.

Moore declined to comment about the matter.

The school board put Baldwin on paid administrative leave Friday and hired a lawyer to investigate the claims.

Baldwin became Ridgefield's Superintendent of Schools in 2015. She had recently received a contract extension through June 2020.

A report from the Associated Press is included in this story.

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